Five-Name Friday: Boy Name that Works in French

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You and some friends are at a French restaurant, waiting to be seated, when another group arrives. In this other group is a friendly woman who happens to be pregnant. The two of you chat for a few minutes, and she mentions that while she hasn’t chosen a name for the baby, she knows what she’s looking for:

I’m interested in a versatile boy’s name that’s appealing to both French and American palates. Hoping to use the middle name Albert (AL-bear) and his last name would sound like duh-BO.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions on the spot. But you just noticed that the headwaiter is coming over, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions before the two of you part ways.

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with (which is what you’d be forced to do in real life) you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in a restaurant?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

I’m interested in a versatile boy’s name that’s appealing to both French and American palates. Hoping to use the middle name Albert (AL-bear) and his last name would sound like duh-BO.

Which five baby names are you going to recommend?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]


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